Joanne McDonnell

Executive Director of Nursing and Governance

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Joanne McDonnell.pngA published writer, author and book reviewer, Joanne first started working at Hollins Park Hospital as a ward manager in 1999. She has held numerous titles within the organisation, progressing from Modern Matron to Head of Nursing and Assistant Director of Integrated Governance.

Throughout this time, she held many external roles, including honorary lecturer at a local university and won numerous n
ational awards for her work including Dementia Care Manager of the Year, Health Writer of the Year and Proud to Publish. 

She has starred in numerous promotional national nursing films and been interviewed by various national media having been a regular contributor on BBC Radio 4. Her most recent publication was a chapter in the 2017 Third Edition of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing where she describes barriers and levers on how to build clinical practice based on research findings and evidence.

As guest editor of the first mental health focused edition of the Nursing Standard and a member of the Expert Advisory Board for the Royal College of Nursing Mental Health Practice, Joanne has always been committed to highlighting and sharing innovation and creativity, and has extensive experience of presenting at local, national and international conferences. 

In 2014, she left the Trust to take up post as the Senior Nurse for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities at NHS England in their national Nursing and Midwifery Team, working closely with the Department of Health and Social Care.

Joanne returned to the Trust in 2018 as Deputy Director of Nursing and Governance and became Executive Director of Nursing and Governance in March 2020.

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